Ars Nova Copenhagen

Music of the Tudors The title and subtitle refer to a choir concert I heard today in the cathedral of Aarhus, one hour’s drive from my home. The choir is called Ars Nova Copenhagen. The choir music was written about five hundred years ago in the English Tudor style. I don’t know how many voices there were. Twelve singers and […]

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Coursera on String Quartets

I have just completed a 7 week free music course on “The World of String Quartets” at the online course “Coursera”. Only when I began to take notes did I pass the questions from each week’s program. Coursera offers courses from many different universities in all subjects. This one was for the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia in U.S.A. […]

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“My Heart Yearns”

A Danish psalm is called something like the title of this blog post. In 1914 the father of Rued Langgaard died when Rued was 20 years old. The young man was a gifted musician and played variations over that psalm (“Mig Hjertelig Længes” in Danish) at the father’s funeral at Frederiksberg Church close to Copenhagen. The psalm is also used by J.S.Bach in his Matthew Passion, […]

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Wood Works

My blogging friend Clive from England inspired me to make a post on the Danish String Quartet who also performs traditional Nordic Folk music in a new way. Clive wrote last week about the very resent death of a famous English folk musician called Swarb. Clive writes: Does the name Dave Swarbrick mean anything to you? No? I thought not. Swarb, […]

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The Composer C.E.F.Weyse (1774-1842)

In the eighteen and nineteenth century learned people came to Denmark from Germany.  Weyse was the most celebrated composer in Denmark in his time called “The Golden Age”. As a composer who maintained the ideals of Viennese classicism in Danish music. He is perhaps best remembered today for his melody to Grundtvig’s hymn Den signede dag (The blessed day) and […]

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French Metamorphoses

  The third largest city in Denmark is called Aalborg and it is in the north of Jutland, the part of Denmark connected to Germany. Its two hours’ drive from my place so I don’t go there so often. The other day we went to a concert in their new concert hall called the House of Music at the harbor. […]

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International Christmas Music Day

Today we have a live radio program on Christmas music from 12 countries in Europe. The transmission is done by the E.B.U. I am at the last hour listening as I write this. I was driving home after having driven my husband to his work I heard the transmission from Dresden Frauen Kirche. The famous church that was destroyed with a lot of […]

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